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Job title: Staff Attorney
Job location: Austin, TX 78701 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 01/07/13
Job type: Full-Time
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Job Classification

Job Category:Staff Attorney

Job Description

Job description:

JOB NUMBER: 013-022-2470 CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
SALARY: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
POSITION TITLE: Staff Attorney
DEPARTMENT: Texas Access to Justice Commission - Austin

Develops Texas Access to Justice Commission (Commission) initiatives designed to improve the quality and quantity of access to justice for low-income people in Texas.

1. Is responsible for executing the goals and projects of the various committees and task forces of the Commission and the Supreme Court of Texas that increase the capacity of legal service providers, courts, pro bono attorneys and others to assist low-income people with their legal issues.
2. Conducts national and statewide research and analysis of laws, legislation, case law, policy, etc., that affect access to justice and recommends a course of action based upon those findings, including the preparation of white papers as needed.
3. Trains judges, lawyers, court personnel, bar leaders, and others on ethical, legal, procedural and practice issues related to increasing access and reducing barriers to the judicial system for the poor.
4. Assists in the development or revision of civil rules of procedure, rules of professional conduct, and legislation that affect access to justice for the poor.
5. Works with legislators, judges, the private bar, bar associations, corporate counsel, legal service and pro bono providers, social service providers, and communication and development professionals to increase access to justice statewide.
6. Participates in planning, development, and implementation of the Commission programs, support services, and publications.
7. Develops content for the Commission’s newsletter, including writing and editing articles, and assisting in the maintenance of the statewide website for legal aid and pro bono attorneys.
8. Provides assistance and support services to legal aid and pro bono programs.
9. Assists in grant writing or fundraising efforts, as needed, of the Commission.
10. Answers public inquiries on legal assistance to low-income people and pro bono opportunities.
11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:
Must be a licensed attorney with at least three years’ experience providing legal services to poor, preferably as a case handler in a legal aid office. Must have excellent writing and public speaking skills. Must possess excellent interpersonal skills when working with staff and various constituents, including members of the State Bar, the legal services community, and the public. Ability to speak Spanish desirable but not required. Travel, evening and weekend work required, as needed.
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